Rockets PG Paul to miss Game 6 with hamstring strain

  • Rockets PG Paul to miss Game 6 with hamstring strain

Rockets PG Paul to miss Game 6 with hamstring strain

But he said Paul will travel with the team to Oakland for Saturday's game. Again, this isn't a new problem for the Warriors, who have seen their normally poetic offense swing too far in Durant's direction, particularly during stretches where Steph Curry is injured.

If the Rockets win, they can await Paul's medical update as they prepare for their first trip to the NBA Finals since winning the title in 1995.

The Rockets say Paul's strained right hamstring will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6.

Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State's last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Despite his worries about the injury in the midst of the most important playoff series of his career, Paul still seems confident he will take the floor Saturday night to help the Rockets take down the loaded Warriors squad.

"[The trainers] will do whatever they can do", D'Antoni said. He had been playing well before that, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half and even shimmying in front of the shimmy master himself, Stephen Curry.

Green told ESPN's "Get Up" morning show that he's been in communication with Leonard and that the former NBA Finals MVP wants to be a Spur despite the season-long drama surrounding him.

Things are different now, though, with Houston stealing Game 4 on the road and then holding serve in Game 5 behind Paul and a gritty fourth quarter from James Harden.

"We played well tonight", Curry said, "just not well enough". He's one of the best players that have played the game. Golden State owns a 2-1 edge. The Rockets' out-of-the-rotation options include veteran wing Joe Johnson, stretch four Ryan Anderson, and defensive-minded forward Luc Mbah a Moute, but no one with the potential to replace Paul's ball-handling and distribution skills.

There are some tough choices ahead. Should they swap him into a reserve role in favor of Gordon?